Precinct Visit the hidden gems of Victoria’s Port Melbourne
WE EXPLORE AUSTRALIA’S MUST-VISIT SHOPPING DESTINATIONS AND THEIR HIDDEN GEMS
LOCATED FIVE KILOMETRES south-west of Melbourne’s CBD, Port Melbourne is a stunning bayside suburb that has something for everyone, whether it’s a walk along the beautiful waterfront overlooking Port Phillip Bay, a drink and a bite to eat at a historic pub or, if you’re in the mood for a spot of shopping, a stroll down Bay Street with its gorgeous homewares havens. 1 | MISTER WHITE
Thirty years ago, Melissa Wills was running a very different business on the site that is now homewares and gift store Mister White. “It was originally a hotel I ran with my husband,” says Melissa. Six years ago, after spending some time in Bangalow, NSW, Melissa and her daughter Charmion decided to reinvent the space her husband still owns. And so, Mister White was born. When choosing items for the store, the duo focuses on looks as well as quality. “Finding products that last is a huge factor,” says Melissa.
MUST-HAVE: The Dharma Door laundry basket, $149.
OPEN: Tues-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm;
VISIT: 2/190 Bay Street, (03) 9681 9109.
BOOKMARK: facebook.com/ Mister-White-431960860209923/
2 | JUNIOR REPUBLIC
When Soonee Armsby went shopping with her two young daughters, who are now tweens, she always found it hard to browse with them tagging along. This gave her an idea; to create a store where children were always welcome, which is how Junior Republic was thought up. “I wanted to create a space where little ones could play so you could shop in peace,” says Soonee, who has owned Junior Republic for almost 10 years. Originally stocking only childrenswear and a select range of toys, the store has expanded into gifts and beautiful homewares over the years.
MUST-HAVE: Leaf & Bear kokedama plant (pictured right), from $24.95.
OPEN: Mon-Sat, 9.30am5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm.
VISIT: 51 Bay Street, (03) 9646 1135. BOOKMARK:
3 | CO.CO
After years of helping small business owners grow their businesses and achieve their goals, Sue Asciak had a dream of her own; to one day own a homewares and lifestyle store. In November 2011 she made her dream come true and opened the doors to Co.Co, a place with beautifully curated pieces, set up in different spaces throughout the store to provide inspiration for her customers. “At Co.Co we truly aspire to be your lifestyle confetti,” she says. Whether you are looking for a special gift, a divine cushion or a fun piece to finish a room, Co.Co is the perfect destination.
MUST-HAVE: Brent Rosenberg artwork (pictured left, above table), from $750/unframed.
OPEN: Mon-Wed, 10am-5pm; Thurs-Fri, 10am-6pm;
VISIT: 58/59 Bay Street, (03) 9681 7878.
4 | THYME FOR LIVING
Judy Stevenson managed multiple stores over the years, so when it came to choosing a name for her own store in 2015, she had one objective – for it to reflect a relaxed, calm and inspiring shopping experience where the customer’s time is valued. She thoughtfully chose Thyme For Living. It’s with this same thoughtfulness that Judy has created a fun boutique where people can just come in as they pass by and find ever-changing homewares, gifts and fashion. “Atmosphere is everything in our shop and by creating a positive, relaxed, warm and inviting store, customers really enjoy the experience,” says Judy, proudly.
MUST-HAVES: Heirloom exotic faux fur throw, $450; Apsley & Company ‘Glorious’ candle, from $175.
OPEN: Mon-Sat, 10am-5.30pm; Sun, 10am-4pm.
VISIT: 74 Bay Street, (03) 9646 1067.
5 | HARRY & FRANKIE
When wine enthusiast John Tennent opened Harry & Frankie five years ago, he wanted to create an unpretentious place to not only celebrate food, but also to highlight delicious local and international wines. Take a seat at the bar and marvel at the shelves full of wine. Whether you want to purchase a bottle directly from the shelf or enjoy some vino by the glass, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And the extensive beer and spirits list is equally as impressive. As for food, Harry & Frankie offers a menu that changes weekly (depending on what is in season); expect homemade gnocchi, croquettes, and sliced-to-order salumi and cheeses.
MUST-HAVES: Any wine; cheese, from $14/40g.
VISIT: 317 Bay Street,
(03) 9645 4414.
OPEN: Mon, 4-11pm; Tues, closed; Wed-Thurs, 4-11pm; Fri, 4pmmidnight; Sat-Sun, 2pm-midnight. BOOKMARK:
Junior Republic is a shopping oasis for grown-ups and little ones alike.
Find chic lighting by Madras Link and furniture by GlobeWest at Co.Co (above). Enjoy a calm shopping environment at Thyme For Living (right). Harry & Frankie offers an extensive range of wines to enjoy by the glass or bottle or to take away.